The wet, icy and slippery roads of autumn and winter create a whole new host of challenges for drivers.
As part of Halfords Car Safety Month (where we’re highlighting the key areas to check on your car), and to coincide with the annual Tyre Safety Month (which you can learn more about here), this article’s going to explore what you can do to ensure that your tyres keep you safe on the road during the colder months.
What to look out for
When it comes to the condition of your tyres, there are three main areas to keep an eye on.
Uninflated or overinflated tyres can affect handling, so having the right tyre pressure is essential. Your vehicle’s handbook should include the appropriate pressure settings for your tyres and inflating your tyres is something anyone can do. If you’re not sure if they need inflating then we’d recommend picking up a tyre pressure gauge – more on that below.
The legal minimum tread depth for tyres is 1.6mm, so you’ll want to make sure that yours meet this level. While you could use the old 20p trick, we’d recommend a more precise measuring method such as using a tyre depth gauge (again, more on this below). It’ll give you an accurate reading and let you know if it’s time for replacement tyres.
Be on the look out for any cuts, split and nicks in your tyres, as well as any glass, nails or screws that might have become imbedded in the rubber and could cause a puncture further down the line. We’d also suggest checking your spare tyre as the last thing you want is to go to use your spare in an emergency only to find that it’s punctured.
Useful products to have to hand
Whether you store them on a shelf in your garage or, better yet, pop them in your boot, these are the products we reckon you should have to hand to help keep your tyres in a roadworthy condition.
Pressure and tread gauges
We’ve already mentioned these above, so you should have an idea about what they can do and how useful they are. There are lots of choose from and the majority are pocket-sized which means they’ll fit neatly into your glovebox or boot. We particularly love the simplicity and efficiency of the classic Halfords Digital Tyre Pressure/Tread Gauge.
Tyre inflators come in various shapes and sizes, but will all help you to achieve the ideal tyre pressure. One of our favourites is the Halfords Rapid Digital Tyre Inflator, which has an inflation time of just three minutes and an automatic cut-off. It’s quick and easy to use, has a clear display and gives you the ability to change measuring units too.
Holts Tyreweld provides a quick and easy solution if you get an emergency puncture, so this is definitely one we reckon you should have in your car. Just attach the product to the valve on your tyre and it’ll inflate it and seal the puncture, getting you back on the road and off to find a garage.
All-season and winter tyres
One way that you can help your car to succeed in colder, icier weather is to equip it with all-season tyres. Also known as ‘all-weather tyres’, all-season tyres have the ability to adapt to changing weather conditions, which makes them suitable for use all year around.
They can handle both summer and winter temperatures, and are also designed to deal with heavy rainfall and snow/ice on the road. As UK weather can be notoriously unpredictable, all-season tyres are definitely worth investigating if you want tyres that you can trust whatever the weather (and season).
Winter tyres are another option. They’re more pliable in the cold than a summer tyre, providing more grip, and they feature a special tread pattern that means they can perform better in the snow. The only drawback is you’ll need to change them when spring and summer roll around, as they’re not designed to perform on warmer roads.
Our article on all-season and winter tyres provides useful insight into the features and benefits of each type, so be sure to have a read.
How we can help
Free Tyre Check
To get a second opinion on your tyres, why not book in for a Free Tyre Check at your local Halfords autocentre? It’s completely free and one of our experienced technicians will inspect all of your tyres and talk you through any issues that need fixing.
10-Point Winter Car Health Check
Our 10-Point Winter Car Health Check is a great choice if you’re looking for a check that covers the condition of your tyres, headlights, brake lights, battery, wiper blades and more.
Between 25th December 2021 – 14th February 2022, we’re offering our 10-point winter car health check, worth £15, absolutely free! Book online today and have peace of mind that your vehicle is in tip top condition this winter.
Poor wheel alignment can speed up tyre wear, put strain on your car, and cause your car to pull to the left or right while you’re driving, all of which puts your safety at risk.
So our second offer for Safety Month is half-price wheel alignment when you purchase two or more tyres (between 28th September and 10th November 2021). If you’re buying on Halfords.com, just add two tyres to your basket (plus fitting) along with the wheel alignment product and the discount will be automatically applied. If you’re buying in one of our garages, the discount will be applied at the checkout.
Last, but by no means least, if it turns out that you need any replacement tyres – or choose to upgrade to all-season or winter – then just head on over to Halfords.com. We offer fitting at any of our autocentres or our mobile experts can provide the ultimate convenience by coming straight to your home or work, at a time the suits you.
We hope this article will help you to keep your tyres in good nick this autumn and winter! Stay safe on the roads and remember, if you want winter tyres and motoring essentials, you want Halfords.